Accidents involving motorbikes, quad bikes, mopeds, motorised skateboards, hoverboards or scooters can cause serious injuries to their riders and other people.
It is an offence for a person in charge of a motorcycle to ride:
- on private land without the consent from the land owner
- on public land including parks, play areas and green spaces
- on a road or public highway without valid documents, licence, insurance and helmet
Offenders may be arrested and prosecuted. Their vehicles may be seized.
If you cause criminal damage – for example, damage to a playing field caused by ruts left by motorcycles – you could be prosecuted and sued for the cost of the damage.
A person who rides dangerously and injures or kills someone else - a passenger, another road user or pedestrian - faces possible imprisonment.
If you have information about offenders, or know where bikes are illegally ridden and stored, you can report them below.
: 101 for Essex Police, or 0800 555 111 for Crimestoppers
Parents may be responsible for paying fines incurred if a motor vehicle is seized from their child.
Think before you buy your child a motorised vehicle.
If parents are the owners of a motorcycle, it can be classed as 'aiding and abetting' if they permit the illegal use of a motorcycle. Even if a parent just buys petrol for a motorcycle they then allows it to be ridden illegally, they could be aiding and abetting the rider to commit offences. Owners can be prosecuted in addition to riders.